Fava beans with baby peas and tomatoes

Points® value
Total Time
45 min
20 min
15 min
A simple side dish that is also great served at the center of the plate on a bed of spring greens or tossed on couscous, this comes together quickly but has an unexpectedly sophisticated, farm-to-table feel about it. Fava beans are a favorite ingredient of restaurant kitchens each springtime, and serving them at home never fails to impress. Adding peas and fresh tomatoes to the fava beans amps up the springtime flavors and feels, but it's the quick addition of broth, thyme and lemon juice that really elevates this dish beyond the ordinary. It's a welcome addition to an alfresco dinner or a great option for packing prettily for a picnic.


Raw fava beans

1½ cup(s), shelled beans (about 1 1/2 pounds pods)

Extra virgin olive oil

3 tsp

Uncooked onion

1 small, chopped (1/2 cup)

Plum tomato

½ pound(s), seeded and diced


2 clove(s), minced

Frozen baby peas

1 cup(s), thawed, or fresh

Vegetable broth

½ cup(s)

Fresh thyme

1 tsp, chopped

Fresh lemon juice

2 tsp

Table salt

½ tsp

Black pepper

¼ tsp


  1. Bring small saucepan of water to boil; add fava beans and cook 1 minute. Drain in colander; rinse under cold water to stop cooking. Remove tough outer skins by splitting the beans open and squeezing out beans; discard skins.
  2. Heat 2 teaspoons of oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and garlic; cook until tomatoes start to soften, about 2 minutes. Stir in fava beans, peas, broth, and thyme. Cook, stirring occasionally, until beans and peas are just tender, 2–3 minutes longer.
  3. Remove skillet from heat; stir in lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Transfer to serving bowl. Drizzle with remaining 1 teaspoon oil.
  4. Per serving: generous 1/2 cup


Serve this tasty dish on a bed of spring greens, such as dandelions, which you can forage for right in your own backyard. They are at their most tender and mild when they're just emerged from the ground and before they've flowered. Note: Do not pick dandelions that have been sprayed with chemicals.